Sister City Campaign – Daegu Suseong-gu, South Korea – Blacktown, Australia

[Update: October 17, 2017] Our campaign is reported by Blacktown Sun news.

Click HERE to read.
Big thank you goes out to Blacktown Sun for reporting our campaign! :O)

[Update: October 15, 2017] Mayor Bali kindly responded to our petition.

Below is the email we received:
Response from Blacktown Mayor 101517
We are grateful for the Mayor Bali for addressing our concern and we look forward to receiving a positive response.

Mayor Stephen Bali of Blacktown, Australia: Tell Sister City, Daegu Suseong-gu, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Daegu Suseong District Mayor Jin-Hoon Lee

Daegu Suseong District Mayor Jin-Hoon Lee

If you want to help fight the grisly South Korean dog and cat meat trade and make a difference in South Korea, here are a few quick actions you can take that could save millions of dogs and cats each year.

Daegu Suseong-gu became Sister city with Blacktown in 1994.
In Daegu Suseong-gu, there are countless dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets, and restaurants where the dogs, who have been tortured their entire lives, end up being slaughtered in the most inhumane ways, such as by electrocution, hanging, or beating, and then thrown into boiling water – sometimes while they are still alive. In many places, dogs are being killed in full view of other terrified, caged dogs; and this takes place in public and in broad daylight. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry and are subject to the same cruelty.


A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Daegu Suseong-gu’s dog meat demand.

Shown below are two search results on Naver (the most popular search engine in Korea) – the first one was for so-called “Health Centers,” which commonly sell dog elixirs and cat elixirs (also known as dog soju and cat soju), and the second one was for “dog meat restaurants.”

The searches resulted in dozens of 220 Health Food Centers; and 28 restaurants in the vicinity of Daegu Suseong District.

Even if half of these ‘Health’ Food Centers and restaurants serve dog and cat ‘ingredients’ in one form or another, imagine how many dog/cat slaughterhouses must be present in the vicinity of Daegu Suseong District to supply these outlets.

Friendship City Campaign - Daegu Suseong District, South Korea – Rome, New York

Friendship City Campaign - Daegu Suseong District, South Korea – Rome, New York

There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for consumption, yet these laws are blatantly ignored.

Call for Action

  • Send Email:
    Mayor Bali has responded so we will not be sending emails. Please continue to sign and share petition.
  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):Mayor’s Office
    City of Blacktown
    PO Box 63, Blacktown NSW 2148

    Send a copy of your letter to Daegu Suseong-gu Mayor Jin-Hoon Lee:
    Mayor Jin-Hoon Lee
    Daegu Suseong District Government
    2450 Dalgubeol–daero, Suseong-gu, Daegu
    Postal Code 42086
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    이진훈 수성구청장
    대구 수성구청
    (우)42086 대구광역시 수성구 달구벌대로 2450
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page:
    Mayor Stephen Bali
    Daegu Suseong-gu
    Daegu Suseong-gu Mayor Jin-Hoon Lee

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Subject: Mayor Stephen Bali of Blacktown: Tell Sister City, Daegu Suseong-gu, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

    Dear Mayor Bali and the City Council members,

    We ask you to please watch the videos of South Korea’s dog meat industry:

    Do you think that Blacktown should be a Sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Daegu Suseong-gu Mayor Jin-Hoon Lee to close down all those illegal dog farms and slaughterhouses, markets, truckers, and restaurants that serve these animal products. An online petition calling for your support in ending the horrendous South Korean dog and cat meat cruelty is in progress:
    The favor of your reply is requested.
    Thank you,

    [Your Name & City/Country]

  • Call the Mayor’s Office: Telephone 0401 993 634
    Fax 9831 1961

    Suggested phone message

    Hello, I’m calling to speak to someone in the Mayor’s Office to ask for their help on an important issue regarding your sister city, Daegu Suseong-gu in South Korea.

    If I could explain: dog-meat consumption is currently being practiced in that city, even though it is illegal under South Korean Law – but the laws are not enforced. The dog and cat meat trades involve extreme and widespread animal cruelty, and the animals suffer unimaginable pain and distress. They cannot speak for themselves which is why I am calling on their behalf. And, I believe that your city would wish to be made aware of this issue, as you would not want to be affiliated with a city where illegal and immoral torture is being carried out on any animal, and particularly not on ones that are loyal, trusting creatures, which look up to us humans as their guardians.

    These illegal trades are being allowed to continue by Korean authorities – even though there is growing opposition from pet owners across South Korea, and throughout the world.

    So, I am asking you to please speak with your counterparts in Daegu Suseong-gu to urge them to enforce their own laws, not ignore them, and to show compassion to their companion animals, and also respect to their own citizens, by bringing these trades to an end.

    With the Winter Olympics coming up in 2018, this is the time to make change; this is the time to stop the illegal, inhumane and unnecessary cruelty. I know that South Korea has many beautiful, admirable, and noble practices and customs worth preserving, but this is not one of them.

    Thank you for your time and understanding.

  • Send a Twitter message!

    Suggested Twitter text

    .@suseongtogether .@lee_jinhoon .@colorfuldg .@blacktowncc Plz Urge SisterCity Daegu Suseong-gu, Stop torturing dogs

No matter where you live, PLEASE SHARE these actions with your friends, especially those who live in Blacktown!

  1. Dawn Chaney
    Dawn ChaneyOctober 12,17

    I don’t see any scientific proof that the more you torture an animal to death the better the meat taste. Any living being that is tortured to death is at the hands of the devil. These type of people should be taken off of the streets and put into a mental institution for the rest of their life. Any one that has the power to change this and does nothing is just as sick as the people that torture these innocent dogs and cats. Since Dogs and Cats are not listed as a regulated livestock animal in South Korea, there are no laws requiring the humane slaughter of the species for meat. If South Korea continue’s to eat dogs and cats there needs to be a law that protects Dogs and Cats from being tortured to death.

    The righteous care for the needs of their animals but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel. [Proverbs 12;10] Will you please give these Dogs and Cats a voice??? My sincere thanks if you can help.

    “Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. [Luke 12:6] God never forgets them even after being sold in the market and killed.

    The fate of human beings is like that of the animals. The same fate awaits them both: Humans have no advantage over animals. [Ecclesiastes 3:19-21]

    Will you help stop this horrific torture of these innocent Dogs and Cats?

  2. Sasha Patrick
    Sasha PatrickOctober 15,17

    Thank you to Mayor Bali for showing some concern,wish they all responded like that!

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